Alice's Famous Cake Doughnuts
My friend made a batch of these and dropped some off at my house several years ago. I have yet to make them myself but they were excellent.
For anyone who is a "Days of Our Lives" fan (I have been for over 25 years), you know that the matriarch of the family, Alice Horton, is known affectionately for making her doughnuts during any emergency (like breaking Bo out of prison) or crisis, (like being stranded on a tropical island with her deep fryer/doughnut maker and making doughnuts to cheer people up - don't ask me how they found electricity to run the thing...! And forget the inconsistency since she was using a deep fryer on the island and these are baked doughnuts... ) or merely just sitting with a friend or family member over a cup of tea. Anyway, the origin of this recipe obviously is tongue-in-cheek, but the doughnuts were very good!
I hope you try them and like them. Since we learned that my GD had a nut allergy, she can no longer eat Dunkin' Donuts, so this is on my list to bake with her.
My friend put these donuts in a decorative bag with the recipe and a note attached to it that said: "Since Alice recently gave Jennifer (her granddaughter) her precious doughnut recipe, Jennifer felt it should be shared with everyone."
A recipe for Alice's Famous Cake Doughnuts
1 cup of sugar
1 cup of milk
5 tablespoons melted shortening
1-teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups all-purpose flour, sifted before measuring
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 stick butter, melted
6 cups of love
Cinnamon Sugar (recipe follows)
1 cup of sugar
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
In a small bowl, combine the sugar and cinnamon, blending well.
In a large bowl, beat the eggs until foamy. Gradually add the sugar, beating constantly.
Stir in the milk, shortening and vanilla.
Sift together the flour, baking powders and salt. Add to the dry ingredients, mixing well.
Cover and chill the dough for 30 minutes to 1 hour for easier handling.
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with vegetable cooking spray.
Roll out or pat the dough on a lightly floured board to a 1/2 inch thickness.
Cut with a doughnut cutter.
Place the doughnuts and holes on the baking sheet, about 1-inch apart.
Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until golden brown.
Brush each doughnut and doughnut holes with melted butter and roll in Cinnamon Sugar to coat all sides.
Makes about 36 doughnuts.
Only attempt to make the doughnuts when your heart is filled with love.
posted by GourmetGal (NY)